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Pacers ready to move away from Bird?

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08:09 AM ET 05.02 | The Pacers are reportedly not waiting for Larry Bird to meet with owner Herb Simon before reaching out to possible front office candidates. Pacers Sports and Entertainment president Jim Morris recently contacted the San Antonio Spurs to talk to assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey about a potential front office position, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. Talks did not last long because Lindsey, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, told the Pacers he wouldn't talk with them as long as Bird and general manager David Morway are under contract. Bird, Morway and the entire coaching staff are in the final year of their contracts. ... Bird may fly to California to meet with Simon this week. Simon wants Bird to return, but the Pacers president has some financial and personnel issues he wants resolved.

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May 2, 2011  08:11 AM ET

He has quietly built a solid team in Indy....Just a few more solid additions and they might start making some noise in the East....

May 2, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Bird did a good job these last few years building this team but he has the same problem all midwest cities not named Chicago have and thats no star players want to come to town....to cold, to boring....and building through the draft can take time.

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May 2, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Hibbert showed flashes; needs to be more consistent.
Hansborough showed he has a MUCH higher ceiling than I thought.
George could pave the way to trade Granger.
I don't believe in Collison as a starter.

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May 2, 2011  08:40 AM ET

They need to upgrade their SG thats for sure.

Were they using D.Jones as their SG vs the Bulls?

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May 2, 2011  08:45 AM ET

The better work on keeping Bird there.

May 2, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Should have stayed a celtic, bro.

May 2, 2011  09:36 AM ET

Better find a new nest, Bro.

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May 2, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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Collison is underrated.He reminds me of Conley.

I doubt Indiana will give Collision $45mm like Memphis paid to Conley.

May 2, 2011  10:48 AM ET

The Pacers are about to show us the proper protocals for dissing an NBA great and local hero.

Way to go, Pacers!!!!

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May 2, 2011  11:19 AM ET

I think that it is about time that Bird left. You look at his tenure and it has not been that great. One thing I believe why he did not do a good job was that he could not relate to today's players. He focused more on his team's image rather than developing the talent that he had,. he was also too pig headed and stuck in the past too much.

May 2, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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The Pacers look good moving forward. They're okay w/ what they have. They just need more time to gel and get use to their new coach. Collison is a pretty good young PG. There's not too much available PGs around so you would have to stick w/ Collison. I like George and Granger together. It's really hard to keep looking for players when you already have some of the players that's needed. Keep the team intact and continue improve.

I agree that you keep the team intact and continue to improve. The problem is that Milwaukee will be healthy next season and compete. The Bulls should move forward too So, Indiana isn't winning the Central anytime soon and doesn't have a lock on the #2 spot in the division. If you aren't top 2 in your division, then you're looking at the entire conference, ATL, NYK, ORL, BOS, etc.

The team made some noise this season but I don't see them progressing to true contenders without a big move.

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